Stanley Cavell and the claim of literature

    Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

    7 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Stanley Cavell is widely recognized as one of America’s most important contemporary philosophers. His writings have attracted considerable attention among literary critics and theorists. Stanley Cavell and the Claim of Literature is the first monograph to comprehensively address the importance of literature in Cavell’s philosophy, and, in turn, the potential effect of his philosophy on contemporary literary criticism. David Rudrum dedicates a chapter to each of the principal writers that occupy Cavell, including Shakespeare, Thoreau, Beckett, Wordsworth, Ibsen, and Poe, and incorporates chapters on tragedy, skepticism, ethics, and politics. Through detailed analysis of these works, Rudrum explores Cavell’s ideas on the nature of reading; the relationships between literary language, ordinary language, and performative language; the status of authors and characters; the link between tragedy and ethics; and the nature of political conversation in a democracy. Rudrum casts a wide net that Cavell scholars as well as people interested in the philosophy of tragedy, aesthetics, and literary skepticism will find compelling.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBaltimore
    PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
    Number of pages304
    ISBN (Electronic)9781421410494
    ISBN (Print)1421410494, 9781421410487, 9781421429021
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Stanley Cavell and the claim of literature'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this